4W Class Blog 2017-18

On Friday 29th June, we came off timetable to devote our day to Art and Design
In the morning the children got into groups to take part in a design challenge. Their brief was to design a new piece of children's luggage, which was eye catching and had a special feature to make travelling less boring.
The children ideas were amazing and they presented them to the other classes in KS2 who then voted on their favourite.  The winning team were the 'The Power of Fun' with their design called 'Dream Come True'.
In the afternoon the children then studied the work of the Brazilian artist, Romero Britto. Then in pairs they created an image in his style themed on 'The North'. The children loved the bright, bold nature of his work. The images are going to be put together to create a large mural.
Well done to all of the children who worked brilliantly today, it was a wonderfully creative day!
4W go on a Roman Scavenger Hunt!
Today 4W took part in an amusing and exciting Roman Scavenger Hunt.
The children got into groups and gave themselves a suitably Roman team name. they then had to to search the school grounds for a multitude of different objects, the names of which had been translated into Latin.
Once back in the classroom, the team's artifacts were scrutinised and scores were given for their Latin translations. It was so exciting, as their was a dead heat. The two leading teams then had to answer a tie-breaker question, which was: How many miles is it from Newcastle to Rome? The answer was 1435 miles and the closet team was the Augustus Avengers, with their guess of 1,236 miles. They then became Roman Scavenger Hunt Champions!
The children thought the scavenger hunt was 'Fun', 'Amazing' and 'A great time'.
Well done to all of 4W, the scores were really close.
Frog Blog!
When we were recently having a break in the play yard, we discovered a frog, trapped in a drain. We think it had been there for a couple of days and it was trying desperately to climb out.
Mr Woodley picked it out, it was very, very cold and didn't seem to have much energy left. We put it in the nature garden and it eventually walked off. 
We are expecting the frogs to return to our pond soon to lay their frog spawn, we think the cold weather has put them off a bit so far this year. Let's hope the weather warms up soon!
4W Artists at Work!
The children of 4W are becoming some really wonderful artists. They have using charcoal recently to create some excellent and varied pictures.
The first pictures they did were of Mount Everest, which were very neat and accurate. In ICT they then created the same image in a more contemporary way. They then went on to create some more dramatic and atmospheric pictures of lighthouses during a storm.
We think they are fabulous, the children really do take their art seriously and they are producing some amazing work for their age. Well dome 4W and keep up the great work!
Science Week - Peg and Lollistick Towers
As part of Science Week the children have been taking part in many and varied scientific activities. On Friday 16th March, the children of 4W took part in the peg and lollistick tower challenge. They had to make the highest possible tower they could, only using pegs and lollisticks.
Mr Woodley was genuinely amazed at what happened. All the groups did well, but the group consisting of Lexi, Harry C, Harry J and Isla did unbelievable well. Their tower eventually reached the dizzy height of 98cm!
You can see on the photos how much the children enjoyed the challenge, they worked well as groups and their understanding of structures clearly developed as the task went on. Well done everyone!
Science Week - 4W visit the Discovery Museum
As part of Science Week, 4W visited The Discovery Museum to take part in a Science Works Day.
The children took part in many scientific activities which included:
- Colours experiments
- Roman surgery
- Steam power
- Play and invent
- Discovering electrical circuits
It was a brilliant day, despite the horrible weather on our way back. The children had lots of things to bring home, including some working torches,which they had made.
Many thanks to Mrs Ingram and the staff at the Discovery Museum for helping to make this a brilliant day!
4W Visit The Live Theatre for a Writing Writing Workshop
On Friday 23rd February, 4W visited The Live Theatre down by the river in Newcastle. The children enthusiastically took part in a story writing workshop and had a wonderful time.
The children's own ideas were used to create some excellent pieces of creative writing. While the workshop was going on, some illustrators used the children's ideas to create some fantastic illustrations to go with their stories.
All of the children in 4W were a credit to our school, a big well done to them all!
The children of 4W make clay lighthouses
4W have focussed on lighthouses in Art this half term. The children have completed some detailed observational drawings of them as well as some beautiful and dramatic charcoal drawings of lighthouses.
They also made some small clay models of lighthouses on an island, which were skillfully done. The children then carefully painted their models, making them as life like as possible. 
The models looked great when they were finished and you can clearly see how focussed the children were when making them.
The atmosphere is electric in 4W!
Our topic this half term has been electricity. The children of 4W have had a great time making electrical circuits and learning how they work.
You can see how the children investigated how using different components in the circuits affected how they worked.
4W hit the streets!
Road Safety Training
We recently had a visit from Newcastle's  Road Safety Team. They called into school to deliver some road safety training to the children.
The children went out into the local area to be reminded about the importance of keeping safe when out and about. The children listened really well and now have a greater awareness of the potential danger when crossing roads.
4W Get Musical!
Our topic this half term includes 'Sound'. We have been looking at how sound is produced in Science, then in Design Technology we tried to use this knowledge to make some musical instruments.
The first type of instrument we made were guitars, using boxes, elastic bands and other pieces of recycled material. We used our knowledge of sound to make the different notes on our guitars and then finally, we decorated them. 
We build our own Greek islands
As part of our topic of Ancient Greece, we have all designed and made our own 3D model of a Greek island. We studied the geographical features of these islands and tried to make our models as life like as possible. We used Modroc to create the islands, them painted them really carefully, blending our colours to create a natural, realistic  effect.
It's Ancient Greek Day!
We had our Ancient Greek Day on Tuesday 17th October. This has been our topic over this half term and we have learnt so much about life in Ancient Greece.
We came dressed up as Ancient Greek characters and we looked amazing. As part of our homework over this half term, we have been inventing and making some brilliant Ancient Greek themed board games. We brought them in on Greek Day and went into the hall to play them with our friends. They were great fun and we learnt a lot about Ancient Greece from making and playing them.
Back in the classroom, we had a go at making Hummus, it was really tasty and there was none of it left at the end of the day. In the afternoon we ate it, along with lots of other Greek foods, including pitta bread, olives, feta cheese, Greek salad, yogurt with honey and grapes. 
We also did an Ancient Greek quiz trail around the play yard, the winning team were Medusa 1, with a great score of 8 out of ten. Well done to everyone, we all did well!
Ancient Greek Fighting Forces Workshop!
On Monday 9th October, we all visited The Great North Hancock Museum to take part in an Ancient Greek Workshop.
The theme of the workshop was Greek Fighting Forces and we learnt all about the weapons, armour and tactics of Ancient Greek soldiers or Hoplites as they are called. 
We got to try some of their weapons and armour and did really well in an Ancient Greek Warfare Quiz.
Afterwards, we all had a chance to explore the Ancient Greek gallery in the museum, where we took part in a range of investigative activities. We also had the chance to explore the rest of this exciting museum.
4W have a Scrumdiddlyumptious Roald Dahl Assembly!
In 4W, we have been looking at the work of one of our favourite authors, Roald Dahl. Then on Thursday 5th October, we held a special class assembly to tell everybody about the life of the famous man himself.
We all dressed up as our favourite Roald Dahl character and we looked amazing! 
We started the assembly with a Roald Dahl Timeline, which let everyone know all about his life. Next we looked at some of Dahl's despicable characters in our Roald Dahl Villain Watch. Then we sang the song 'When I Grow Up' from the musical 'Matilda', we sang beautifully (even if we say so ourselves). 
The next part of the assesmbly was all about Roald Dahl's words of wisdom. We finished the show by introducing ourselves as our favourite Roald Dahl book character.
We had lots of fun and everyone who watched it, enjoyed it. Mr. Woodley gave us a 9.99 out of 10.
Green Eggs and Ham Yoga
We all recently took part in a yoga lesson based on the book 'Green Eggs and Ham' by Dr Seuss.
We did lots of stretches to start with and then made lots of different positions, using various objects. We followed the instructor as she showed us what to do. At the end we all lay down and relaxed as we listened to the story. Everyone really enjoyed the yoga lesson.
At the end we felt calmer, relaxed and more flexible.